Category: Viruses and Spyware
Type: Win32 worm
Prevalence: Small Number of Reports

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Affected Operating Systems


Recovery Instructions:

Please follow the instructions for removing worms.

Change any data that may have become compromised.

Renaming the registry editor

  • Using Windows explorer, browse to the Windows folder (usually C:\Windows or C:\Winnt) right-click Regedit.exe and make a copy of it.
  • Rename the copy of Regedit.exe to Regedit.com.
  • At the taskbar, click Start|Run. Type 'Regedit.com' and press Return. The registry editor opens.

Windows NT/2000/XP/2003

In Windows NT/2000/XP/2003 you will also need to edit the following registry entries. The removal of these entries is optional in Windows 95/98/Me. Please read the warning about editing the registry.

Locate the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE entry:

Winsock2 driver = WINUPDATE.EXE

and delete it if it exists.

Each user has a registry area named HKEY_USERS\[code number indicating user]\. For each user locate the entry:

HKU\[code number]\Software\Microsoft\Windows\
CurrentVersion\RunOnce\Winsock2 driver = WINUPDATE.EXE

and delete it if it exists.

Close the registry editor and reboot your computer.

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